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UFC 298: Volkanovski vs. Topuria

  • 16-02-2024 2:11am
    Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    UFC 298: Volkanovski vs. Topuria 

    February 17, 2024,

    • Featherweight Championship: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Ilia Topuria
    • Middleweight: Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa
    • Welterweight: Geoff Neal vs. Ian Machado Garry
    • Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo
    • Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov

    Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)

    • Women's Strawweight: Amanda Lemos vs. Mackenzie Dern
    • Heavyweight: Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Justin Tafa
    • Bantamweight: Rinya Nakamura vs. Carlos Vera
    • Light Heavyweight: Zhang Mingyang vs. Brendson Ribeiro

    Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)

    • Welterweight: Josh Quinlan vs. Danny Barlow
    • Welterweight: Oban Elliott vs. Val Woodburn
    • Women's Flyweight: Andrea Lee vs. Miranda Maverick
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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    Championship Fight: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Ilia Topuria

    Lots of media commentary on this one. Topuria is trying to talk **** and writw Volks off. Volks is nailing him in with his promos.

    Calling somebody who has never lost at FW too old is kinda dumb. But the clap back form Volks was perfect. This Aussies are the fan heros these days.

    This one was also gold. The fact a champ tells this story, and puts it out there during fight week says everything to me about how comfortable he is mentally.

    Volkanokski 49-46

    Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa.

    Costa would challenge for banter king, but he's more goofy than genuinely funny. Whitaker coming off a loss. I think he has to make a statement and I can see him getting it done. Whittaker by decision or late TKO.

    Geoff Neal vs. Ian Machado Garry - Surprised how big a favourite Garry is. But I think he takes it in a safe, 30-27 decision.

    Dvalishvili to hopefully retire Cejudo.

    Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Justin Tafa. Not going the distance obviously. Either could do it. But de Lima's experience probably wins out.

  • Volk



    Zhang via KO/TKO


    Looks a solid 15/1 bet to me.

    Looking forward to seeing Nakamura.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    I think you're wise to sidestep Bobby v Pablo if you are placing a bet. 😆

  • Not even with your money would I touch it haha.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    Tafa out due to injury.

    Replaced on 1 days notice by Tafa

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,078 ✭✭✭hawaii501

    Hope Volk smashes Ilia even though I like him but Volk probably my fav fighter at the moment. Volk KO!

    Whittaker vs Costa is a coin toss for me, if DDP finish never happened I'd have been Whittaker but think that fight may have left some lasting damage on him. Staying on the fence.

    Garry win by decision 30-27. Would love to see him fight Luque afterwards in Dublin as a fight night headline.

    Merab will retire the King of Cringe. Stupidly doing MMA math here but think Merab is better than Aljo so he just wins.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,808 ✭✭✭Patsy167

    I love how Volk has been leaning into the old man persona at the press conference. I hope he gets the job done.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,718 ✭✭✭Eoinbmw

    Rooting for Volk he's been written off by some I don't see it myself expect him to be sharp!

    Can't wait to see Henry to retire feckin asshole!

  • The state of Josh Quinlan's face after that! He'll be seeing through his nose.

    Danny Barlow only 28, interesting to see where he ends up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    Unfortunately I’m not nearly as sensible with my money. Had Volks, Garry and Dvalishvili in a treble. Added Bobby last minute to bump the odds.

    They’ve a promo where it’s money back if one fighter loses. That may have tipped me over

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  • Registered Users Posts: 38,049 ✭✭✭✭eagle eye

    Brutal kicks by De Lima. Very surprised he brought Tafa to the ground in round 1, it was over with one more leg kick

  • I love Dern but, please Lemos, please.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,049 ✭✭✭✭eagle eye

    Lemos by TKO I think.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    Tafa gave it a go. But ultimately just there to collect a paycheck

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    Would love to see Dern find the kneebar here

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    Dern rd1 and 3. 29-28

    but 28-28 is a possibility after the near finish in rd2.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,049 ✭✭✭✭eagle eye

    Very hard to call. It's all on how round 1 was scored.

  • I had it same as the judges. 29-28.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,049 ✭✭✭✭eagle eye

    Very surprised that was unanimous, was expecting a split decision. Couldn't argue with the result no matter which way it went.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,049 ✭✭✭✭eagle eye

    This is an interesting fight. Hernandez wins if he gets it to the ground but he has to get through a dangerous opponent to get it there.

    Hernandez can be a bit messy trying for takedowns and he can't afford that in this fight.

    I fancy Kopylov to tag him and win by stoppage in the first.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    I’d be interested in seeing the rd scoring. Thought Dern did enough in rd 1.

    Could have been 10-10 rd1, 10-8 round 2. Arguably that’s the fairest use of the 10point system

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,012 ✭✭✭✭ctrl-alt-delete

    Showboating now by Dvalishvili.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,078 ✭✭✭hawaii501

    So much better listening to Nisping than that clown DC!

    Now if only they could replace Joe with a plastic chair and it would be the icing on the cake.

  • Here comes Geoff 'Handz of Oatmeal' Neal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,012 ✭✭✭✭ctrl-alt-delete

    Very close fight this one. Final round both will feel they need to impress.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,210 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    19-19 going into the 3rd

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,012 ✭✭✭✭ctrl-alt-delete

    Not the best of fights, the crowd sound fairly unimpressed.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 38,049 ✭✭✭✭eagle eye

    Garry wins it. All these gyms he leaves doesn't seem to make a difference, he's so well prepared for every opponent.